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OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- Purchased in 1882 for just $6 an hour by Henry Pinkenburg, the Arend Century Farm has grown from 160 acres to 240 in its 127 years. "It's been passed down through the generations. We still have it," said Clayton Arend, who owns the farm along with brother Wade Arend and sister Diva White, as well as Kathryn Kooima and Kyle Arend. "It's kind of a family trust deal." Although no buildings remain on the site, Clayton's grandson Matt Kooima farms the 240 acres of corn and soybeans.
WORTHINGTON -- The bird was indeed the word for Julia Mormann of Adrian, who found the King Turkey Day medallion at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday by searching the poultry barn at the Nobles County Fairgrounds. "I kept thinking 'the poultry barn, it has to be there,'" Mormann said, because of the reference in Tuesday's clue to "the bird is the word." The clue, in full, read "A little birdie told me that I'd be a bird brain if I started this search downtown by the train. Well, everyone knows that the bird is the word.
3:55 p.m. Wednesday WORTHINGTON -- The bird was indeed the word for Julia Mormann of Adrian, who found the King Turkey Day medallion at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday by searching the poultry barn at the Nobles County Fairgrounds. "I kept thinking 'the poultry barn, it has to be there,'" Mormann said, because of the reference in Tuesday's clue to "a rare bird or two." The clue, in full, read "As the bird flies just a bit north to Stower, there are exhibits of engine, tractor, horse power.
BREWSTER -- Fire, germs, all-terrain vehicle collisions and farm equipment with rapidly moving parts are just a few of the everyday dangers Round Lake-Brewster students learned to protect themselves against Tuesday during Safety Day in Brewster. "If we can save one arm or one leg, it's worth it," said Carol Christopherson, promotion and education chairwoman of the Nobles County Farm Bureau. "A lot of these accidents happen. ... We try and gear (Safety Day) toward everyone." Safety Day started as Farm Safety Day 16 years ago, when it was offered at the Nobles County Fairgrounds.
LAKEFIELD -- Youth Energy Summit (YES), a new program funded in part by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Marketplace, is designed to empower area students to create energy and conservation projects in their communities. "The whole underlying premise of this program, especially now, as we have a grant through the Department of Labor...
WORTHINGTON -- The emerald ash borer, found in Minnesota's metro area in the spring, remains the largest concern to those entrusted with the health of area trees. "It hasn't been found here yet," said Scott Rosenberg, Worthington City Forester. Emerald ash borers burrow through a tree's outer layer, just under its bark, damaging the structures that provide the tree with nutrients and water. Unlike people, whose blood vessels will heal over time if cut, a tree can't mend a severed vessel.
WORTHINGTON -- The economy may have gone bust, but the enrollment at Minnesota West Community and Technical College is booming, with an 11 percent increase in full-time equivalent students in a single year. "It's obviously a sign of the economic times. Any time you have ... a plant closure... or layoffs, those folks start evaluating what it is they want out of life, and many of them want to change their careers.
JACKSON -- The past will be present during the 2009 Fort Belmont Rendezvous in Jackson Saturday and Sunday, with games and contests for kids and adults, historical demonstrations and horse-drawn wagon rides. The celebration will be the 10th anniversary of the Rendezvous and will feature tomahawk-throwing contests, games and an old-fashioned black powder shoot, as well as historical demonstrations including flint knapping, atlatl throwing, ropemaking, blacksmithing, butter churning and wool spinning Saturday and Sunday. "We have a number of campers who come and cook and dress in the style of
JACKSON -- A new furniture and flooring store quietly opened its doors this summer in Jackson, testing the waters before the grand opening of Sievert's Furniture and Floors the weekend of Aug. 5. Sievert's has been open in its Estherville, Iowa, location for more than 40 years, and recently its three owners, Jeff, Doc and Judy Sievert, decided to open an additional location at 306 Second St. "The mayor... drove us around Jackson...
WORTHINGTON -- Concern over a potential move of fifth-graders from Prairie Elementary to Worthington Middle School and worries about the unpredictable future dominated the public discussion of District 518's possible facilities changes Thursday. "It's a balancing equation. Does a bus close or stay open, does the economy pick up or close down, does one of our local schools close or stay open, does the birth rate increase or does it decrease," said Linden Olson, a member of the District 518 Board of Education.